I started this book having been let down by the other audiobook that was next in my queue. From the very first chapter, the narration soothed me and got me interested at the same time. Maybe I am a sucker for accents of the west, there is a heavy Scottish presence here and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This is Ella’s tale. She is old now and slowly dying. Before she runs out of time and opportunity, she recruits (requests) her granddaughter to help her write her memories down. This is a story which is both simple and complicated simultaneously since it deals with human relationships in the face of outside forces beyond man’s control. Kendra (The granddaughter) is discovering who her grandmother was for the first time and the lessons she draws from that helps her in her own tiring life. It is based in the time just before the second world war and although I thought I tire of the terrors that the time period is associated with, this story brought a fresh take to it.The war is only discussed fleetingly(in comparison). The repercussions are more vividly discussed. Most importantly this story is about all the people. Some are better introduced to us and we get to know them more because of the longer glimpses we are given into their lives but even those who have lesser pages dedicated to them are so well written that I actually liked every one of them!
If you are a fan of historical fiction then this is a book to read, you can envision the beauty of the world through the eyes of the women who watch and wait for it.
I am going to add the other book by this author to replace this one on my Kindle list. I was listening to another book(book 1 of The Sea of Freedom Trilogy by Sarah Lark) but did not enjoy the narration as much as I thought I would. Though the premise was interesting and I have not read anything set in New Zealand or Australia when they were new colonies, I could not get myself past the first few chapters. I will go back to that series at a later stage just to satisfy my curiosity.
I had the narration available for the astrophysics book when I last checked, but since it isn’t free anymore, up next will be storm glass unless anyone has other suggestions?
The rest of my kindle unlimited list looks like this: